Our Team

Teachers at Ngaio Childcare Centre create a safe, warm and friendly environment where each child is treated as a unique and special individual, and where families and whānau are warmly welcomed, where their contributions are valued and partnership is fostered.

Teachers at Ngaio Childcare Centre believe that respectful and responsive relationships between children and adults promote self-esteem and social skills which, in turn, empower children to learn.

Also below, meet our amazing Management Committee who are an integral part of the running of the centre and crucial to the centre’s ongoing sustainability.

  • Head Teacher
    Kia ora,My name is Pip Butler, Head Teacher of the Centre. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher.I have been working in early childhood education for the past 27 years and have been at Ngaio Childcare Centre for 12 years.I love working in the Ngaio community and being part of this small, but very nurturing early childhood environment, working alongside a fantastic teaching team. The small daily number of children allows teachers to work closely with each individual child and helps to build close trusting relationships with both tamariki and their whanau.I am fully committed to quality care and education of our tamariki and I feel lucky to be a part of each child's learning journey at Ngaio, and watching each child grow and develop into happy, independent, confident and competent learners.My family is originally from Wanganui but we have been living in the Wellington region for the past 17 years and we love this city. I am married to Clint and we have two teenage boys.
  • Teacher/Administrator
    Kia ora my name is Paula and I am a mother to two daughters, partner to Paul and a teacher in
    this centre. You will meet me when thinking about enrolling your child in Ngaio Childcare Centre.
    This centre has been my second home since moving to Wellington In 2012.
    I love teaching in a small community based centre where families can have input into the running
    of the centre. I have a strong sense of belonging here and enjoy my interactions with colleagues,
    children and their families in the Ngaio community.
    My previous teaching experience has been in primary, secondary and learning support teaching
    both in New Zealand and in the UK. All those experiences have shaped who I am today. I now
    believe that quality preschool education sets the foundation for life long learners and can make a
    huge difference in learning outcomes for all children in our NZ education system. I knew that I
    needed to be right at the beginning of a child’s learning journey and to understand how children
    learn through a play based curriculum, so I undertook further study in early childhood education
    while my children were quite young. It was a challenge but I have never looked back, I love it here.
    It’s the warm, nurturing environment that I value at Ngaio Childcare Centre. The opportunities
    within the centre to encourage children in their choices and practice. To have time and space to
    think, explore, reflect and connect in meaningful experiences both within the centre and the wider
    world. To have the choice to be inside or outside in their play/work.
    To be alongside my colleagues who bring their support and strengths into this place, who
    constantly reflect and look for ways to improve their practice, to collaborate and enjoy our day.
    I see my role here as positively supporting children In their learning journey as individuals, as
    collaborators, as mentors to others. To enjoy the process of learning and celebrating growth in
    writing learning stories for children to share with their families.
    Providing opportunities to be creative and expressive in a variety of ways through language, in
    print, in dance and art to support communication and emotional development. Valuing diversity,
    making sure all cultures are visible in this place and included in our thinking around centre
    programme, an awareness of others for all our children through providing meaningful cultural
    experiences.
    One of my favourite quotes is from Dame Whina Cooper and it is at the heart of what I believe in
    as an Early Childhood Teacher;
    “Take care of our children,
    take care of what they see,
    take care of what they hear,
    take care of what they feel,
    for as the children grow,
    So shall be the face of Aotearoa”.
  • Teacher
    Kia ora, my name is Emma Te Paa and I have been a teacher at Ngaio Childcare Centre since mid 2015. After completing my bachelors degree in education at the end of 2013 I moved to Wellington from Auckland and have since been enjoying this beautiful city and the fantastic culture that is imbedded within. I am currently working towards my full teachers registration and am being mentored by the head teacher Pip. I joined the Ngaio Childcare team because the values and philosophy of the centre closely reflect my own, having a strong emphasis on nurturing trusting relationships through social interaction. The smaller number of children allows for more one on one time allowing us to give extra care and attention to our tamariki. It is very rewarding being part of the Ngaio community and having the support of such a wonderful teaching team.
  • Teacher
    Kia ora, my name is La Li and I have been a teacher at Ngaio Childcare Centre since mid 2011. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher. I have an overseas Diploma in Secondary (Music) Education and initially I was a piano teacher. I moved to Wellington from China about 12 years ago. I completed my ECE study at Victory University and really enjoyed my life at Wellington.
    I have three beautiful boys – Eric, Samuel and William. I love being with my children and watching them grow and develop as individuals! Being a Mum is the greatest job in the world.
    What I like the best about my work in Ngaio Childcare Centre is being able to witness the growth and progress from children in any and all aspects of what I teach them. I value the important role I have as an early childhood teacher, which acknowledges children as lifelong learners. I aim to develop meaningful relationships with both children and whānau as I believe this forms the basis of a quality teaching and learning environment. I love children and love to share my experiences and information with them. I love to be able to provide children with the tools that can help them succeed in the future

    I look forward to supporting and empowering your child to develop into confident and capable learners.
  • Support Person
    Hi, my name is Hannah and I work at the centre 3 mornings a week as a support person. My family moved to Ngaio at the end of 2016 and my twin girls started at the centre soon after. I worked as a registered nurse in New Zealand and the UK for 8 years and more recently have been a stay-at-home mum for our 4 children as we have moved a lot for my husband's career. I really enjoy working at the centre, it is such a happy and energetic place, where the teachers have great relationships with the children and help them develop their own friendships and creativity.
  • Chair Person
    As a not for profit community creche the support and involvement of our parent community is critical to the sustainability of the centre. There are many ways that you can contribute, such as parent help, participating in fundraisers, working bees and joining the Managmeent Committee.

    "I joined the Management Committee in the first term that Jim started at creche. For me it was a way to get to know the creche and the people running it. I was keen to help out and use my skills to support the behind the scenes work that makes our creche such a fantastic early learning environment. I quickly took on the role of Secretary at that years AGM, and then last year took on the role of Chairperson. It has been a really positive experience, and a wonderful way to meet other parents, learn new skills and make a tangible difference to the outcomes for our centre. And the biscuits at our meetings aren't too shabby either. This month we sampled the new Squiggles Xtreme Chocolate, 5 stars." - Sarah Bailey, Chairperson
  • Secretary
    I've been on the management committee for just over a year in the role of Secretary. Once my daughter Emily had settled in to creche, I was keen to understand more about how creche worked and to use some of my rusty work skills! It feels good to contribute to our community and I am super proud to be involved with this awesome creche. As well as working towards running and improving the creche experience for our kids and teachers, we have a good time at our meetings too. It's always great to catch up with other like-minded parents.
    "Emily started at creche at around 18 months, once she was moving independently and confident getting around. Initially I was nervous, as it was my first experience of any childcare other than family, but the team were so supportive and encouraging in settling Emily - and also me! It was a great way to 'dip my toe' into childcare for Emily, as she was able to start by coming just one morning a week, increasing once we were both ready. Now her sister Tilly loves creche too. This is a truly special creche, we all work as a community together to make it a caring and safe place for our children. I consider the team to be like part of our extended family." Vicky Robson - Secretary
  •  Treasurer
    My name is Rebekah. I started at the creche with my first boy Oliver when he turned 2. (He's now 7!) I started on the committee in his first week and moved to Secretary within his first month. Since then I have had Isabelle go through and now my last baby Noah started not long ago. I'm currently the Treasurer and help with fundraising projects. I love that I have an input into the running of the centre. Its such a big part of my children’s lives and its great to get a say in how things are done. I love that there is no pressure and if you have a busy week it's ok if a job gets put off. I'm happy to talk to anyone about what's involved.
  • Committee Member
    I am mum to Ben and I joined the Committee in 2016 when he was almost two years old and first started at Ngaio Childcare Centre. I've lived in the Ngaio/Khandallah area for almost 15 years and was keen to get involved in the local community - Ngaio Childcare seemed like a great way to do that. It's been really rewarding seeing how this wonderful centre works and having a role in supporting the teachers to make it such an amazing place for our kids. Wendy Clark
  • Committee Member
    My name is Catherine, and I have a little girl called Lizzie who is 3 and a little boy, Wilfred who isn’t yet 1. We have lived in New Zealand for 7 years, Wellington for 2. Lizzie started at Ngaio Childcentre just after Wilfred was born and absolutely loves it. It’s so good to be able to drop her off and know that she is so happy and cared for. I look forward to the time Wilfred will be able to go as well. I recently joined the committee as it is such a big part of Lizzie life. I wanted to learn more about how the Centre was run, and help out where I can. I look forward to contributing more.
  • Committee Member
    Hi, I'm Hannah. My family moved to Ngaio at the end of 2016 and my twin girls started at the centre at the beginning of 2017. They are still attending, aged 4 and a half, and loving it. I joined the committee at the end of 2017 because I loved the relationship my children had developed with the teachers and how much they benefited from being at a small centre with great teacher to child ratios and mixed age sessions. It has been so interesting to find out more about how the centre works and how much work the teachers do to make a happy and relaxed atmosphere for the children.